Alisa’s Marbled Pound Cake

Alisa’s Marbled Pound Cake

Panque marmoleado de Alisa
1 10-inch loaf
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Chocolate, pati's mexican table, pound cake, sour cream, vanilla
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Alisa’s Marbled Pound Cake recipe from Pati's Mexican Table Season 2, Episode 7 “Family-Style Breakfast”


  • 1/2 pound unsalted butter, plus more to butter the pan
  • 1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • confectioners' sugar, optional

To Prepare

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter the sides and bottom of a loaf pan. Line the bottom with parchment paper cut to fit.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium-high speed until creamy, about 3 minutes. Add the sugar and continue beating until well combined and fluffy, another 2 minutes. Pour in the vanilla and continue beating until well incorporated and smooth, about another minute.
  • Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl. Break the eggs into another bowl. Add half of the eggs and half of the sifted flour mixture to the butter mixture, beating on medium-low speed until well combined, scraping down the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula as needed. Repeat with the remaining eggs and flour.
  • Add the sour cream and continue beating until the mixture is smooth. Set the batter aside. In a small bowl, combine the hot water with the cocoa powder.
  • Pour half the cake batter into another bowl and fold in the cocoa-water mixture with a rubber spatula until thoroughly mixed.
  • Spread the “white” batter from the mixer bowl in the bottom of the loaf pan. Pour the chocolate batter on top, in a straight line down the center. Make a design with a knife or fork, so it will look “marbled.”
  • Bake the cake for about 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove the cake from the oven and transfer to a rack to cool. Invert the cooled cake onto a plate, remove the parchment paper, and invert again onto another plate.
  • Dust the top of the cake with confectioners’ sugar, and it is ready to slice. To store, keep it covered.

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  1. Paty!

    Me encantan tus recetas, gracias por enriquecer nuestra cultura Mexicana con tus recetas! 🙂

    Que opinas de hornear pasteles con horno de conveccion en vez de hornear normal?
    Cual prefieres?


    1. Yo prefiero los hornos de gas pero a muchos pasteleros les gustan los de convección. Usa lo que te guste más a ti o lo que tengas disponible…